Hypocrisy

“Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. In vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men’” (Mark 7:6,7; Isaiah 29:13). Hypocrisy consists in 1) pretending to be religious 2) and/or distorting the Word of God to accommodate one’s life style. The damnable nature of hypocrisy is that it blocks the hypocrite from repenting. Like the Pharisees and Scribes to whom Jesus first spoke these words, they remain enemies of the Savior who would rescue them from their sin. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1John 1:8).

The undistorted Word of God rips the mask of deception from us, so that in seeing ourselves as sinners, we may repent and rejoice in Jesus Christ our Savior from sin (Matthew 1:21). Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this true peace with God. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Church Hopping

To lightly join a church or leave a church is a show of doctrinal indifference. Pastor Klemet Preus in his book, THE FIRE AND THE STAFF, bemoans this flitting from church to church: “We don’t treat our husbands or wives this way, ‘I will be loyal as long as you meet my needs.’ We don’t treat our children this way. ‘I will nurture you as long as there are no others more worthy of my nurturing.’ We don’t treat our parents this way. ‘I will respect you as long as you provide activities for me that are helpful to me.’ We don’t even treat our dogs this way. But we treat our churches this way. And such disloyalty is accepted as the norm. In fact, we are treating Christ our Lord with disloyalty. To flit from church to church without thinking about what the church teaches is a denial of Christ. It was He who said, ‘Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.’”

Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Walk the talk

Statisticians report that the conduct of the unbeliever is little different from the professing Christian. The same number get a divorce, lie, cheat, steal, and fornicate. Such a person talks, but he doesn’t walk the talk.

Hence the appeal of the Scripture: “You should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance in them, because of the hardening of their heart, who being past feeling have given themselves over to licentiousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness” (Ephesians 4:71-19). The Bible gives teeth to this appeal by adding, “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience” (5:6).

The true Christian believes that Christ’s death upon the cross was a sacrifice to take away His sins. He hears this appeal: “Walk in love as Christ has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling aroma….walk as children of the light” (5:2,8). Walk as one having a new self (4:24-32). Each day is a putting off of the old self and putting on the new (4:22-24). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to receive strength from the Word of God and the Lord’s Supper to walk as a new person in Christ. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Do not be afraid

Jesus said, “It is I; do not be afraid” (Mark 6:50). Fear has been with humanity since Adam ate the fruit of which God said, “In the day you eat thereof you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:17). The terrorists of our day play on this innate fear of mankind to disrupt life, and if possible destroy a nation. Terrorists would make us afraid to board an airplane, to visit a crowed theater, or visit the market place. Such are confederate with Satan who has “the power over death” and by making us afraid of death place us in bondage all our lifetime (Hebrews 2:14).

It is to his TERRIFIED disciples that Jesus says, “It is I; do not be afraid.” He is the One who “partook of flesh and blood, that through death, He may destroy him who has the power over death, that is, the devil, and deliver us who through fear of death were all our life time subject to bondage” (Heb. 2:14). The words “It is I” could be translated “I AM”, identifying Jesus with the voice to Moses out of the burning bush (Exodus 3:14). God partook of flesh and blood in order to become a sacrifice to take away sin, the cause of death (Romans 3:23; 5:12). So He also says, “I AM the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25), “I AM the Good Shepherd” (John 10), “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6); “do not be afraid.”

When the terrorist comes your way, listen to the voice of Jesus, “I AM; do not be afraid.”

Come to Peace Lutheran Church to hear that voice. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Proper Discipline

The legislative assembly of the State of Delaware is seeking to pass a law which would make it a crime to inflict pain upon a child. That includes spanking by the parent. The penalty for such action could be one to two years in prison.

If such laws are enacted across this nation, the penitentiaries will be filled, not with parents, but with a generation who never learned to be afraid to disobey. With good reason the Bible says, “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly” (Proverbs 13:24). Loving discipline saves a child from much pain later in life.

No one can approve of physically harming a child. Observe that this happens most often by “boy friends.” No amount of legislation will protect our children when their parents disregard and despise the institution of marriage. The proposed Delaware legislation will only make it more difficult for loving parents to “bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). Come to Peace John Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Tom Cats

There was a time when the sexually promiscuous man was called a “Tom Cat”. The male cat often eliminates future competition by killing the male kittens shortly after they are born. “Boy friends” (Tom Cats) are most often the ones guilty of child abuse and murder of infants. A crying child gets in the way of his having “fun”. News reports of such crimes should underscore “Boy friend,” that the criminal is not the father and husband in the home.

For the protection of children, women must make a “boy” wait for the commitment of marriage before giving him sex. For the safety of children, newspaper reports of crimes against children should make it clear when “boy friends” are the criminals. Preachers must make it clear that the “wrath of God comes upon” those who despise marriage (Ephesians 5:6). For the sake of the next generation the culture must arise in protest against men “tom catting around.”

When the “Tom Cats,” and the women who accommodate them, acknowledge their sin, God for Christ’s sake forgives and is eager to give a new life. This new life will value marriage and children. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Health Care

Is our medical establishment with its extraordinary measures extending life or prolonging death? With half the “health care” dollars being spent on treating a person the last six months of life, one may safely predict that many extraordinary measures, under government mandated insurance, will be eliminated, especially for the elderly.

Another question is appropriate: Do we spend so much to extend life/prolong death because we are afraid to die? Why are a few extra weeks or months so important? Is it because we have up to the point of death treated this life as all there is? If so, that is unbelief.

Whether “health care” is rationed or not will make the believer in Christ little difference. He realizes sin brought death (Romans 6:23), but the believer in Christ also knows he has eternal life through Christ Jesus His Savior. He respects life as a gift of God, but he does not need to hang on to it as though this life were everything. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday Service is 10:00 a.m.